Dates for 2021 Gay Pride parties and celebrations – from London to Bristol

Summer's come around again and with the sun comes the 51st annual Gay Pride Month.

The month of partying usually takes place in June and is the time of year when countries from across the world celebrate and continue to push for the liberation of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer) rights.

Although most marches and pride events were cancelled last year due to lockdown restrictions, plenty of exciting festivals, parties and marches are being planned for Gay Pride 2021.

In previous years, as many as 1.5 million partygoers have been known to descend on London to enjoy Gay Pride, so given the high volume of attendees and current restrictions, London pride has been pushed back to September 11 2021.

That being said, there are still loads of exciting parties and events planned for summer in both London and across the UK.

Pride marches across the UK

  • Belfast Gay Pride: July 31, 2021
  • Birmingham Pride: September 25, 2021
  • Blackpool Pride: June 4, 2021
  • Brighton Pride: August 6, 2021
  • Brighton Trans Pride: July 16, 2021
  • Bristol Pride: July 10, 2021
  • Edinburgh Pride: June 12, 2021
  • Isle of Wight Pride: July 17, 2021
  • Leeds Pride: August 1, 2021
  • Liverpool Pride: July 31, 2021
  • London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival: March 17, 2021
  • London Trans Pride: June 26, 2021
  • Manchester Pride: August 27, 2021
  • Oxford Pride: June 5, 2021
  • Pride in London: September 11, 2021
  • Southampton Pride: August 28, 2021
  • Swansea Pride: July 17, 2021
  • UK Pride: July 23, 2021
  • Weston Super Mare Pride: July 30, 2021
  • York Pride: June 5, 2021

Where does Gay Pride come from?

Pride month started as an extension of a famous gay protest that began in New York in 1969.

Protests broke out after the police raided an iconic gay bar called the Stonewall Inn – and the marches escalated from there.

The police conflict in 1969 sparked an uprising in the gay community that grew year on year and became a global event – recognised and celebrated by people from all walks of life.

The Stonewall Inn is now a designated US national monument and the US police have since issued an official apology statement for their actions at Stonewall in 1969.

How is Pride celebrated?

People do pride in many different ways all across the world.

Most people traditionally celebrate it with colourful marches and parades that we often see in major cities and towns across the UK. This year, people are also hopeful to see the return of festivals and music events.

For those that want to enjoy pride from the comfort of their own homes, there are plenty of virtual pride parties happening too – from online comedy shows to virtual dance parties.

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